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Medical Assistants
District Of Columbia

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Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

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Currently Employed: 1,630

Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

Typical Hourly Wage: $15.93 - $22.30

Typical Annual Salary: $33,100 - $46,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses.

tools & technology

  • Hypodermic needle
  • Mercury blood pressure units
  • Nebulizer or accessories
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies

  • Accounting software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Operating system software
  • Word processing software

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